The 2013-14 Service-Learning Fellows, their respective academic fields, and proposed projects are:
Alison Bramlet, Assistant Professor, College of Environment & Design
Bramlet plans to incorporate new projects into the LAND 6030, “Nature and Sustainability Design Studio,” integrating community engagement opportunities into the studio through real-world projects and partnership with community organizations.
Carissa DiCindio, Curator of Education, Georgia Museum of Art
DiCindio will work with students at the Georgia Museum of Art to promote collaborative involvement and provide practical application for their coursework, including through ARED 5260/7230, “Engaging Art Museum Audiences as Student Docents.”
Sujata Iyengar, Professor, English
Iyengar plans to incorporate service-learning into a course called “Shakespeare in the Classroom,” in which her students will work with local schools to enhance vocabulary development and to incorporate Shakespeare’s work and influence into the curriculum creatively.
Melissa Landers-Potts, Lecturer, Human Development & Family Sciences
Students in Landers-Potts’ HDFS 3700S, “Adolescent Development,” course serve as mentors and tutors of high school students at the Performance Learning Center (PLC). She will incorporate assessment of the impacts of this service-learning on the cultural competency and attitudes of students in this course, and students will co-develop a student leadership structure with students at the PLC.
Carol Laws, Instructor, Institute on Human Development & Disability
Laws will integrate service-learning into the graduate and undergraduate Disability Studies Certificate program and its coursework. She also plans to develop a new service-learning course on “Disability in Childhood and Adolescence.”
Roy Legette, Associate Professor, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
Legette’s project will focus on development and implementation of a robust pre-K field experience practicum into his teaching methods courses for music education majors, in collaboration with the UGA Child Care Center.
Sudhagar Mani, Associate Professor, Biochemical Engineering
Students in Mani’s ENGR 4490, “Renewable Energy Engineering,” course will engage with campus partners, such as Physical Plant and Campus Kitchen, to assess and implement sustainable engineering service projects. Mani also hopes to incorporate service-learning into other engineering coursework.
Virginia Nazarea, Professor, Anthropology
Service-learning will be incorporated into two of Nazarea’s courses, “Anthropology of Roots and Rooting,” and “Transnationalism and Practices of Memory,” in order to engage students in exploring anthropological concepts through work with campus and community outreach organizations.
Neelam Poudyal, Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism
Poudyal plans to engage students with service-learning through NRRT 4400/6400, “Resource Management and Entrepreneurship,” in which they will apply principles and practices of recreation resource management to assist parks operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Neelam was hired away from UGA by another institution, so did not complete the full program year.)
Gretchen Thomas, Instructor, Learning, Design, & Technology
For her service-learning project, Thomas’s EDIT 4180, “Discovery Dawgs Online Mentoring,” students will expand opportunities for online mentoring and project-based learning with high-achieving elementary school students, their teachers and parents.
Karen Tinsley, Public Service Associate, Housing & Consumer Economics
Tinsley plans to integrate needs identified by the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program into the HACE 4900, “Housing and Community Development,” course, involving students with real-world projects on housing and neighborhood revitalization.
Phillip Tomporowski, Professor, Kinesiology
Tomporowski intends to develop a new course that engages undergraduates in theory-based methods of teaching physical activity games, through field experiences in local schools’ after-school programs.